South Florida based artist, Danielle Biglin, has been painting since the early 90’s. Her work started in watercolor landscapes and has evolved into little gouache paintings and drawings of found objects, household items, and sardines...she loves their dopey faces. Danielle finds inspiration from and brings life to the ordinary and mundane. Her work has been shown at the A.E. Backus House in Fort Pierce, Florida and Second House in Montauk, New York.
Wen Liu was born in Shanghai, China and is currently based in Chicago. Her process of transforming and reconstructing objects in her sculptures explores subtle and unexpected contrasts and connections, which weave into innovative narratives. Her art incorporates an interdisciplinary aspect, drawing from her background in wearable art, fiber, and sculpture.
She received her BFA in Sculpture and MFA in Fiber from China Academy of Art and received her MDes in Fashion, Body & Garment from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in the National Grand Theater in Beijing, China and at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, IL.
I create sculptures that draw from materials like commonplace and found objects to create a new context – a crib paired with crutches transforms into a boat with oars. My practice focuses on materials that are already saturated with meaning: well-worn clothes, discarded toys, reclaimed furniture, and through working with these materials I experiment with their physical limitations and symbolic idiosyncrasies. By combining scratched and scarred furniture legs - the wood, which died when it was cut down, grows again; individual stories are combined to build a monument of memories, or a spear that attacks and protects. The process of transforming and reconstructing the objects through tracing, molding and casting explores subtle and unexpected contrasts and connections, which weave into innovative narratives.
Latex has been a recent focal material in my pieces. The process of using latex to create a shed skin of an object is a metaphor for my own metamorphosis from my cultural roots to an international purview.
Tania Dibbs is a professional painter and sculptor who lives and works in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado. She attended the University of Virginia from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in fine art and biology. Her love of nature and the natural sciences is evident in her work, which revolves around issues of the intersection of humans and nature. Her art studies have taken her to the SACI Art Institute in Florence, Italy, the Art Student's League in New York, and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado where she won an Aspen Foundation grant to fund her painting study and an Artists' Fellowships for Colorado Artists award to study steel sculpture. Her honors include a Visual Artist Fellowship Award from the Colorado Council on the Arts and an Art in Public Places selection from the state of Colorado. Tania will be visiting the Arctic Circle on a residency program this fall. She has had one-woman and group shows in Aspen and across the United States, and her work is in collections worldwide.
My sculptures explore the jagged intersection between the natural world, humanity and culture using found objects, resin, beads, glass, and jewels. Using the type of human debris that has become invisible to us makes a statement about our disposable lifestyle. Combining symbols of wealth and culture with their opposites highlights a bigger discussion about our fast-changing relationship with the planet and with nature in general. In these pieces, an obscene abundance of sparkle and glam adorns the object while nature still inexorably morphs, evolves, and continues regardless of conditions.
Ners is an impulsive, embodied practice. Ners aims for small pleasures; does not strive for great substantiality; values expendable details; prizes invention and imagination, delights in risk-taking for its own sake; values personal vision and peculiarity; is unselfconscious; shows the signs of eager, industrious activity; and often results in becoming precious. Ners has caste-off beauty; encourages innovation; and repurposes associations. Ners likes to start an argument by being focused or maybe even one-sided; is low-tech, modest in scale without being modest in thought, made with found objects and materials. Ners maintains involvement in a small area without point or aim; concentrates on pinning down one moment without glamorizing it, but using a whisper; forgets accomplishments and moves on as soon as it has passed; feeling that most is superfluous.
All images courtesy of Ners Neonlumberjack